- Brady says that for NFL success, “a lot of things have to go your way.”
- He specifically mentioned Patrick Mahomes, thanks in part to his coaches
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Recently retired NFL quarterback Tom Brady expressed doubts about the idea that another QB in the league could surpass or repeat his league dominance.
From his first appearance on the field in 2001 until his retirement from the game in 2022, Brady was consistently one of the league’s best passers.
On the latest episode of his “Let’s Go!” podcast, guest Shaquille O’Neal asked the seven-time Super Bowl champion and three-time MVP if there was anyone in the league right now who could even come close to replicating his success.
‘Good question. I mean, I think when I look at guys in professional football, Patrick [Mahomes is] the one that really stands out,” Brady said.
“They’ve done a great job since he really took over.” And he has a really great coach – like I was lucky, like you were lucky – who helps you and… gives you the humble pie when the things go well, and who knows how to pick you up when things don’t go well.
Tom Brady was asked on his podcast if any NFL QB could match his dominance
He specifically mentioned Patrick Mahomes, thanks in part to the coaches who worked with him
Brady: “I know what it took, and it took a lot… There are a lot of things that have to go the way you want them to.”
“But it will be interesting. People have to do it for a long time, I did it for a long time. When I look at my career, I’ve been able to do this every year and practically every single game.
‘I missed [games] twice – once when I was suspended for four games and once when I tore my ACL in a hit.
“Otherwise I showed up every week. Not every game [was] perfect, but every game was pretty good. And most of the time I never put my team in a position to lose.
“There are very few guys like that that I watch over and over again.” And unfortunately I think because of the way the games are going, guys are running the ball a lot more, which just leads to a shorter career leads.
“They’ve relaxed the rules a little bit… some rules about hitting the quarterback.” So quarterbacks are allowed to run more, but running quarterbacks don’t last as long.
“So I don’t know who can play at 21 – I really don’t know. “I know what it took and it took a lot and I’m sure some people have the ambition to try . But there are a lot of things that must meet your needs.
“And the only reason I was able to do that was because I had so many people there supporting me physically, mentally and emotionally from day one that I got drafted, right up until my last day as a Buc. I.” I had people there who were on my side, the best group of people supporting me, and I wanted to show up and do my part to give back to them too.
“I was asked this question the other day… I think if someone can do it as long as I have done it with the same level of success, then I give them a lot of respect because it would be an incredible achievement for them to do that in this day and age to do.’